Android 12 beta hints of doable Pixel 6 specs

While Samsung was busy announcing its Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Watch 4 at its Unpacked event, Google was preparing for something else. The search engine giant released a new version of Android 12 Beta last night that accidentally revealed some hidden information about the specifications of the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. According to the Android 12 beta, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will host components from Samsung.

Google previewed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro earlier this month. The first “real” flagship smartphone from Google is said to contain high-end specifications. Google has already confirmed that the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 will be priced in the “expensive” and “upper segment” due to the expensive components used.

Thanks to an XDA member, we now have some more information on what sensors and components Google is planning to use in the Pixel 6 series. According to the member, in the latest beta version of Android 12, the camera app contains a code sequence titled “gn1_wide_p21”. XDA has reported that this is the sensor name Samsung is using for its GN1 sensor.

Samsung presented its GN1 camera sensor back in 2020. It has a sensor size of 1 / 1.31 inch and 1.2 micron pixels. Although Samsung unveiled a newer GN2 sensor earlier this year, Google, oddly enough, decided to use an older sensor on the Pixel 6 series.

Tensor chip will have an exynos modem?

Oriole, Raven, Passport, “Slider” are 4 out of 5 devices that have a modem called “g5123b”. The newest Samsung Exynos (“shannon”) modem is 5123A. I cannot confirm the last one now.

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Google also announced that the Pixel 6 will feature the first custom silicon chip. Called Tensor, Google claims to be able to process all data center-level AI and ML operations on the chip. According to the latest beta of Android 12, the tensor chip will have a modem based on an existing Exynos processor and manufactured by Samsung.

XDA has reported the existence of the modem “g5123b” in Android 12 beta. According to the report, this is the same Exynos Modem 5123-based modem that is used in the Exynos variants of the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 phones. Although Google has so far chosen to use Qualcomm modems on all of its phones, the company appears to be betting on Exynos for the Pixel 6 series.

In the coming days we will learn more about the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. What are your expectations of it? Let us know in the comments section below!

Sanuj Bhatia

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